Former pound-for-pound great Floyd Mayweather is all set to join MMA. The retired boxer has already established himself as a boxing promoter and now he is ready to try his luck in promoting MMA fighters, reports FOX Sports.
Floyd Mayweather spoke about his new venture in an interview with FightHype.com.
“They want me back.” Mayweather said. “It’s time for me to move over to MMA — I mean as far as … It’s time for me to start promoting fights for the MMA. I’m ready to get involved with that business now. And of course, you already know what the MGM Grand stands for, ‘Mayweather Gets Money’. I’m still doing that, every month, the check comes in.”
The 11-time world champion has already promoted around 13 boxers including WBC super-middleweight champion Badou Jack.
Floyd Mayweather and MMA go back a long way. According to Mayweather, Dana White worked for him long before White became the president of UFC.
“I can remember, I think you can go back to the beginning, to day one of my career, my first fight — my uncle Jeff Mayweather and I, that’s when Dana White used to work for us, he used to be with us. When nobody else knew who Dana White was, before when he was a little square white guy, before he cut all his hair off and became a tough guy in the MMA,” Mayweather said.
“He used to run around with me and nobody would wear his patch and I said I would do it for free, showed him love and I’m proud of him. I’m proud of how far he has come.”
More recently, Mayweather handed down the Pacquiao-Bradley 3 rematch a draw. Manny Pacquiao defeated Timothy Bradley via unanimous decision on Saturday but Mayweather believes that the match was a draw.
“Mayweather told Bradley he thought the fight was much closer than the official scorecards — all three judges had Pacquiao winning 116-110. In fact, Mayweather told Bradley his own scorecard had the fight a draw,” a source told ESPN.
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